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Rangers v FC Ufa: Injured Lassana Coulibaly misses out for hosts

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Rangers v FC Ufa: Injured Lassana Coulibaly misses out for hosts

Coulibaly scored within the first leg of the win over Maribor within the final spherical

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Rangers might be with out midfielder Lassana Coulibaly and winger Jamie Murphy for Thursday’s Europa League play-off first leg with FC Ufa.

Murphy has been ruled out for the season after struggling anterior cruciate ligament harm.

Coulibaly will miss his third successive match since selecting up a knock in opposition to St Mirren.

Kyle Lafferty will go straight into the squad after finishing his return to the membership from Hearts.

Full-back Borna Barisic is ineligible, having performed for Osijek in earlier qualifying rounds.

Jordan Rossiter, Graham Dorrans and Lee Wallace stay sidelined for Steven Gerrard’s facet, who should beat the Russians over two legs to succeed in the group stage of the competitors.

“We’re in search of a efficiency stuffed with aggression and depth,” stated Gerrard, who’s unbeaten in 9 outings this season.

“We now have to be optimistic and on the entrance. That is after we are at our greatest.”

The guests had UK visa issues however the scenario was rapidly resolved, with the membership thanking Uefa and the Russian Soccer Union for his or her help.

Who’re Ufa?

4 video games into their home marketing campaign, Ufa are 11th within the 16-team Russian Premier League and have been overwhelmed 3-Zero by Dinamo Moscow on Monday. Nonetheless, the guests to Ibrox rested a number of key gamers.

Ufa, who have been shaped in 2009 and began life within the third tier in 2011, are starting their fifth season within the Russian Premier League.

They completed sixth final time period and certified for Europe for the primary time after taking the spot earned by Russian Cup winners FC Tosno, who dissolved after monetary troubles.

Supervisor Sergey Tomarov, 36, was promoted from the teaching workers in the summertime when Sergey Semak moved to Zenit St Petersburg.

Ufa favour three central defenders, whereas highly-rated goalkeeper Alexandr Belenov has been capped by Russia. Nigeria’s Sylvester Igboun is predicted to play as a lone striker.

Ufa (in white) warmed up for his or her journey to Ibrox with a 3-Zero league defeat by Dinamo Moscow on Monday

Ufa reached the play-off spherical by beating Progres Niederkorn – the facet who beat Rangers in final season’s Europa League qualifiers.

“So far as I do know there was massive adjustments at Rangers since final 12 months, so evaluating these outcomes wouldn’t be applicable as we’re coping with two totally different groups,” stated Ufa boss Sergei Tomarov.

“Saying final 12 months’s recreation is a part of our way of thinking can be incorrect, we simply put together regardless.

“To my thoughts Rangers now are fairly a robust workforce with some good gamers. We now have studied them fairly effectively, we all know their robust and weak sides and that is why we’re this recreation very significantly.”

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